Hank Williams, the hillbilly Shakespeare and the king of the honky tonks, liked to brag that his roaring voice could be heard over any band. But when he needed a bit more, he choose an Epiphone Triumph fitted with a DeArmond pickup to cut through the din. If this only this guitar could (or just remember the night before). Maybe it's still out there somewhere. Or, perhaps Hank crowned someone over the head with it. Like--perhaps--the poor person who snapped this photo, courtesy of the Hank Williams Museum.

Time Life just released two ultra rare concerts that Hank gave in 1952, the last year of his life. Recorded in Niagra Falls, New York and in West Grove, Pennsylvania, they show Hank and his Drifting Cowboys in riveting form with Hank's powerful rhythm guitar driving the band through "I Can't Help It," "Hey Good Lookin'," and "Jambalaya." Don't miss it.

photo courtesy of the Hank Williams museum